Prosperity Gospel

Televangelism

The prosperity gospel is a religious belief found among Christians, primarily in the United States, centered on the notion that God provides material prosperity for those he favors. It has been defined by the belief that ‘Jesus blesses believers with riches’ or more specifically as the teaching that ‘believers have a right to the blessings of health and wealth and that they can obtain these blessings through positive confessions of faith and the ‘sowing of seeds’ through the faithful payments of tithes and offerings.’

It is not a clearly defined denomination, but a strain of belief that runs through the Pentecostal Church and a number of mainstream evangelical churches, with varying degrees of intensity. It arose in the United States after World War II championed by Oral Roberts and became particularly popular in the decade of the 1990s.

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